Clean Green Smoothie

For me, drinking a really green smoothie with heaps of leafy veggies is a lot like diving into a cold swimming pool– there’s that initial shock and then the rest of the experience is pure bliss. Nutrient dense greens, like kale and dandelion, naturally have a bitter taste. At first sip you may taste the bitterness but considering all the wonderful benefits of tossing these power greens into smoothies mixed with sweet fruits, I’ll take that quick bitter shock everyday, and I usually do. Here’s why:

  1. Green smoothies are easy on the digestive tract: When blended well, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to assimilate.
  2. They are super nutritious: The ratio of nutrients in them is optimal for human consumption; about 60 percent ripe organic fruit blended with about 40 percent organic greens.
  3. They are a complete food:  As opposed to juices, they still have fiber, which is important for our elimination system.
  4. Green Smoothies are super easy and quick to make: Unlike green juices, which can be time consuming and expensive, a giant smoothie takes less than 5 minutes to make and uses less produce.
  5. Reducing unnecessary additives: When consuming greens in the form of green smoothies rather than commercial salads, you are greatly reducing the consumption of oils and salt in your diet.
  6.  A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood: According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, “consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.” Many people do not consume enough greens — even those who stay on a raw food diet. By drinking two or three cups of green smoothies daily, you will consume enough greens to nourish your body, and all of the beneficial nutrients will be well assimilated.
  7. Green smoothies lead to healthy habits: After a few weeks of drinking green smoothies, most people start to crave and enjoy eating more greens. Eating enough greens is often a problem with many people, especially children.
  8. They are great for on-the-go: While fresh is always best, green smoothies will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days, which can be handy at work and while traveling– just give em’ a good shake.

Clean Green Smoothie:

smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: One smoothie (Approximately 4 cups)

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 fresh peeled bananas
  • 1 cup de-stemmed kale
  • 1 cup packed dandelion greens
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 8-10 whole strawberries (keep the green tops! They are edible too)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh coconut water

fruit

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until the ingredients are completely blended and smooth.

2. Garnish with some extra raspberries, chopped strawberries, and/or fresh blueberries.

Extra:

Add some ice cubes to the mix if you prefer your smoothies cold or if the blender has produced heat during the blending process.

15 responses to “Clean Green Smoothie

  1. Great info you share about green smoothies. I just love them and try to have at least once a day!! At the beginning I remember it was a bit wierd tasting but your taste buds really get used to it and now it is a natural Power boost I can´t love without! 🙂

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  3. Great idea and info, and I will definitely try it. Adding all key ingredients to my next shopping list.
    Do you think this will help with my husband’s anemia?

    • Hi Vicki- I’m not a doctor but from my own research I would say that it should help your husband. The kale s and excellent source of Vitamin A and provides a good supply of vitamins B and C and also contains high amounts of iron, calcium and potassium. The spinach should also help as it is an excellent source of Vitamin A and iron.

    • Hi Rita, I follow the 80/10/10 diet so for me personally, 4 cups is one serving, all for me! I need this large volume for breakfast or lunch, since the ingredients are very low in calories. If you prefer a smaller portion, just downsize the ingredient amounts. Exact amounts of ingredients are never necessary, so use the measurements as guidelines and inspiration 🙂

  4. Does it get this green like on the pic? I am planning to make this one, just wondering how the taste is like.. Like is it sweet? Love your recipes 🙂

  5. I have been so apprehensive to try green smoothies, however, I literally just whipped up this recipe and it is delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Liz,

      Some damage to living foods does occur when they are frozen. Cell walls expand, and often burst when frozen, diminishing vitality. As for fruits and vegetables, freezing should be used sparingly but not necessarily totally eliminated, as it is often the best way to preserve foods with minimal damage and no known toxins are formed from freezing, as opposed to other forms of preservation. Fresh foods are superior, but if you are short on time or prefer to do your meal prep way in advance, freezing is you next best option!

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